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Musical Prodigy to Perform at Maui Arts & Cultural Center

March 8, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Maui residents will have a chance to experience the extraordinary talent of virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player Patrick Henry Hughes during an inspirational performance on Wednesday, April 11, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).

Hughes, 23, was born without eyes or the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs. Additionally, he had two steel rods surgically attached to his spine to correct scoliosis. Despite being blind and wheelchair-bound, he defied the odds at just 9 months old when began to play the piano--and since then, he has refused to allow his disability to stand in the way of his dreams.

Today, Hughes is a world-renowned musician, college graduate, performer and public speaker, who travels the globe with his father, Patrick John Hughes, to share his story of overcoming obstacles, breaking barriers and reaching one's fullest potential. His remarkable talents, as well as his incredible life story, have been featured on ESPN, ABC-TV, "Oprah," CBS-TV, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Extreme Make Over Home Edition," FOX-TV, CSTV, NBC-TV, "The Today Show," "Million Dollar Round Table," The Grand Ole Opry, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Star Magazine and many others.

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Virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player Patrick Henry Hughes will perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Wednesday, April 11, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Castle Theater. Despite being blind and wheelchair-bound, he defied the odds at just 9 months old when he began to play the piano--and since then, he has refused to allow his disability to stand in the way of his dreams.

Hughes recently published his first book, "I Am Potential," which has been released worldwide, and has also recorded two music CDs. The title of his book reflects his philosophy in life--a philosophy he will soon share with Maui youth.

Hughes will visit Baldwin High School, Seabury Hall, and Ha'iku, Pomakai and Kihei Elementary Schools from Tuesday through Thursday, April 10 to 13. The students of Maui High School Band will have the unique opportunity to perform with Patrick on stage at the MACC during his public performance, under the direction of band director Kerry Wasano.

"Patrick Henry Hughes amazing story exemplifies what we do, what we are about at Imua Family Services," said Dean Wong, Imua's executive director. "We provide therapeutic services for children who are born with disabilities, special needs and developmental delays; our mission is to help each child and their families reach their full potential in life. Patrick is the role model; his life is the example that we need to see past the "disability" and instead, see the potential in each of us."

This year, Imua Family Services celebrates 65 years of services to Maui's special needs children, and Patrick's story is a perfect example of the difference we can make in the lives of children.

For more information about the Hughes' extraordinary life, visit www.patrickhenryhughes.com. To learn more about Imua Family Services, visit www.imuafamilyservices.org or contact Dean Wong at (808) 244-7467 or dwong@imuafamilyservices.org.

Tickets are available now at the MACC Box Office.

 
 

 

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